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    David Johnson(Author)

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A Quaker prayer life arises from a life of continuing daily attentiveness. The first generation of Quakers followed a covenant with God, based on assidious obedience to the promptings of the Inward Light. This process did not require the established churches, priests or liturgies. Quaker prayer then became a practice of patient waiting in silence.Prayer is a conscious choice to seek God, in whatever form that Divine Presence speaks to each of us, moment to moment. The difficulties we experience in inward prayer are preparation for our outward lives. Each time we return to the centre in prayer we are modelling how to live our lives; each time we dismiss the internal intrusions we are strengthening that of God within us and denying the role of the Self; every time we turn to prayer and to God we are seeking an increase in the measure of Light in our lives.David Johnson is a Member of Queensland Regional Meeting of the Australia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. David is a geologist with both industry and academic experience, and wrote The Geology of Australia, specifically for the general public. He has a long commitment to nonviolence and opposing war and the arms trade, and has worked with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. David delivered the 2005 Backhouse Lecture to Australia Yearly Meeting on Peace is a Struggle. He was part of the work to establish the Silver Wattle Quaker Centre in Australia in 2010, and is Co-Director of the Centre for 2013-14.
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  • PDF | 84 pages
  • David Johnson(Author)
  • Inner Light Books (15 Oct. 2013)
  • English
  • 10
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By MikeF on 2 April 2014

    Extensive though Quaker literature is - for a people who worship in silence, we certainly know about generating words! - there is no enough written on the personal discipline of prayer, as opposed to meeting for worship. David Johnson has very thoroughly researched early Quaker writings on prayer, and has found parallels in the literature of contemplative prayer from Old Testament times to the present. The final section, in which Johnson explains the necessity for prayer in "a life of continuing devotion", is as good an explanation of the place of contemplation in the path of faith as I have read anywhere.A useful appendix on some technical aspects of prayer, and an exhaustive list of references, complete a book which probably ought to be on every Quaker's shelf - and anyone else's who has ever felt called to living out the contemplative life in the midst of the world.

  • By Fattybooboo on 24 September 2016

    A beautiful and incitful book. Every (non)Quaker should take company with this. I re read this frequently. Thank you David Johnson for this wonderful book!

  • By A. Booth on 22 December 2014

    A profound book, to read slowly and return to


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